Poor visibility keeps plows off side roads

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Traffic light all day

ALBERTON -- It’s been a quiet day on the roads throughout Prince County on Thursday. Except for emergency responses, plows have been off secondary roads throughout the county since around 10:30 a.m.
Garth Gallant, Prince County snowplow dispatcher, said lows continued to work the main roads throughout the day but traffic on them remained light. He said plows did respond to calls from people whose vehicles were stranded on roads, helping them to get off the road and out of harm’s way. Even on the main roads where the plows were travelling, he said, some vehicles were getting stuck in drifts.

Prince County was largely spared the rain and freezing rain that fell in the Charlottetown but had to contend with snow, ice pellets and poor visibility. Drifting was such that roads were filling in behind the plows. He said it was the poor visibility that resulted in the plows being called off the side roads. By 5 p.m. a decision still hadn’t been made on when the plows would be sent back out. Gallant said the contractor for the Kensington area got its plows back on the roads during the afternoon as conditions were better there. Northerly wind, blowing at 60 to 80 kilometers an hour kept moving the snow around.

Environment Canada meteorologist Tracey Talbot said the wind would shift to the northwest and taper off as the storm moved out of the area by evening.

Albeit light, traffic to and from the Island continued throughout the day as the Confederation Bridge was open to all traffic.

Const. Dwayne Pardy with East Prince RCMP said officers were not conducting regular patrols but were responding to calls for service. He said they did not want to become part of the problem by being out on the roads in poor conditions. He said officers who did have to venture out reported traffic was light. Most businesses and government services and all schools were closed for the day, which helped limit the need for people to be on the roads.

Pardy said they received reports of vehicles having gone off the road in the Travelers Rest and Albany “Y” areas. No one was injured and the vehicles would remain there, he suggested, until conditions improved.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Prince, Charlottetown, Kensington Travelers Rest Albany

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